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Call to Arms

 Further information about this Call to Arms:

 Kirk’s article Call to Arms

Breana’s article Compromised and her complaint on the Customer Service Forum.

Stormrage advising us to Be Careful.

Kestrel’s post Call to Arms.

Altitis asking Blizzard, Please fix Customer Service Response Times on Account Hacking.

Altosis’ article on how to contact Blizzard when this happens.

And Mer Agreeing with the freeze system.

From Altitis again:

Blizzard is hereby requested to put a solution in place which will:

  • Lock any characters out of the game when a password change is effected until the password change gets confirmed back through the account holder’s e-mail.
  • Expand the Account / Password retrieval so that upon activation, the character is frozen until a re-activation is effected through a link sent out by e-mail to the account holder’s address, or any similar method.

Blizzard, please err on the side of caution. You know the success of WoW will make your customer particularly juicy targets.

If you aren’t able to post your voice on the US forums, please blog about it and / or (if you have no blog) contact WoWAccountAdmin@Blizzard.com to make your voice heard.

I’ve gone ahead and posted further links about this.  This is too many happening at once to ignore as just another day in WoW. 

In fact, upon hearing about the Guild Master being hacked, another guildie said he’d been hacked not long ago.

Review your add-ons.  Read the customer reviews where you get them from.  Someone’s already using the add-on you’re using, no doubt.  I’ve seen some that were caught as obvious fakes and the comments said so. 

Also, people WILL post links in the Blizzard forums that take you to sites that will compromise your system. Just don’t click on any link that you see.   Familiarize yourself with what looks safe and unsafe.  “http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/index.xml” is probably safe. (It is, it’s the official link.)  “thehackzshack.cz” is probably not.  Follow on comments to the post with the link will also point out that it’s not safe.

Just be aware.  And ask for better account protection and service.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

Totally uncool beans.

The Guild Leader of my guild just got his account hacked.  The criminal made off with the guild bank, all his gear, and /gkicked and /demoted some folks.  This apparently happened sometime last night.

Priestly Endeavors has a post about exactly this kind of event occuring to someone else, and some further links.

Doing some research I also found a forum post by a player named Skee.

I’m going to repeat his Suggestions, Fortifications, and Tips & Tricks right now.  You might want to look into this.

Suggestions1: Use Firefox and stop using Internet Explorer. Really, its an internet browser that is made out of win ,while IE is easy to manipulate due to its Bug loops, that keylogging sites can/ and will use to install one to your computer.

2: Install BlockSite , an Firefox addon ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3145 ).

Blocksite prevents certain domains from loading and its very easy to configure. For example,to prevent all “.cn ” domains, you enter ” *.cn ” in the Blacklist. The symbol ” * ” means that Blocklist will block all sites that are .cn .

3: Install KeyScrambler . (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3383) .

KeyScrambler encrypts whatever you type in Websites ,although it doesn’t work while in Games , but it helps in General when accessing Websites that are not protected.

4: No Script! ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722 ) Whoever doesn’t use that , is really missing out a lot!

Noscript is one of the addons on the internet, that makes website browsing safe! It Disables all scripts on the site you visit, thus disabling all Viruses,spyware and keyloggers entering infecting your computer through Flash/Scripts.

5: WOT (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3456)

Wot protects you from Phishing Websites through *Ratting” given by the visitors. If you want to be safer,you can enable an option that, upon entering a dangerous website,it will change the whole page’s color to Red and State that its dangerous! (It wont let you Enter).

Fortifications::

1)AntiVirus
2)Firewall
3)Safe internet browser (as stated above)
4)Logic aka *Using Brain properly*.
5)Registry Optimizer
6)Keylogging Tricks! (Must Read)
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1) People tend to think that Keyloggers are plain scripts writen to Keep account of what is being typed under special events. For example, under the event of me, the owner , opening WoW. Thats when the keylogger will start to function and until then it stays out of sight(Undetected).That happends due to the keyloggers wanting only your Account and password , instead of your MSN account or hotmail.(in the case of WoW), But lets not forget that since it infects and its malicious,then it falls in the Virus/Malware category. Hence the “WoWpw.backdoor” ,”PWstealer.trojan32″ etc. So don’t go looking for Anti Keylogger programs when you can use some Proper Anti Virus software.

Remember just because a Anti Virus software is made by a very well known company/ or is expensive,doesn’t mean its Good and effective.

Norton which is known for Good Antivirus programs has failed me a lot of times, and my System is up to date with everything.And its not only me,ask around the internet, people are starting to use other Anti Virus products that are far more Effective.

AVG is an antivirus that is just as effective as others,and you can use the free edition.The only think that is lacks, is the Good looking UI,but we dont want that,we want it to find the keylogger!

-http://free.grisoft.com/

If you prefer to use products from well known companies,then Panda,Norton and Macafee are for you!

- http://www.pandasecurity.com
- http://www.mcafee.com/
- http://www.symantec.com/

2) Keyloggers are also seen as spyware since it steals documents/ keeps an eye for things it shouldn’t.
One of the best is Spybot Search and Destroy, hands down!Make sure its always Updated!

-http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

3)Browsers are all above. :)

4) Using your brain when searching and surfing the net,and the WoW Forums is very important,actually by using it all the time and staying in alarm, you will avoid all the dodgy links like the <insert wierd keylogging site>

5) ASO, also known as Advanced System Optimizer by Systweak, is a program that does everything! It can scan your registry for modifications/flaws, scan your system for malware and even repair/delete junk,its very useful and by using ASO you can find changed registry data that has to do with the keylogger.

- http://www.systweak.com

6) Last but not least, the *tricks of the trade*.

a)Never Ever click on links that redirect. The links that redirect have the word “redir” in the Url.

b)Do not trust links from Tìny Url . That site takes the original url and names makes it smaller, but the thing is,that you don’t know the original name of the site. The site could be one that has keyloggers.

c) Don’t log onto World of Warcraft forums that dont start/ dont have to do with ” wow-europe.com, worldofwarcraft.com” and the others ones of the other countries! Sites like
http://000.000.0000.00post.html?forumId=10001&postId=16400481355&op=2&sid=1 should not be trusted.(The website that has been posted isn’t a true/valid one and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Common sense since its all consisted of Zeros ( 0 ) instead of an IP. So In before the *Keylogger* statement)
But do keep in mind,that sometimes the cache bugs and instead of showing “wow-europe”,it will show an IP when logging to the Warcraft forums.Many people call those sites *phishing sites* but it may just be your PCs fault. To be sure before clicking, insert the IP in the following site ( http://www.arin.net/whois/ ) . If its Blizzards website, it will say so ” Blizzard Entertainment etc”.

Browser Security Scanning: It has been proven that by having IE with enabled active X, even without using IE , makes your system vulnerable so disabling and adjusting options that have to do with 3rd programs and Active X is a must. This website offers that kind of service. When you start the Test it find security Flaws and lets you know how to fix them. Recommended!

-http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/BrowserSecurity/

I hope that i have been of help in this Topic of mine. I would like to see this topic turn into a sicky,so if you liked it please take the time of reporting it as a sticky.

This guide was writen as a sole purpose to inform and help out victims of Keyloggers.

Kind Regards, Skee.

Thanks so much Skee.

Folks, this happens.  Be safe, play happy.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2007 in News

 

Cool beans.

Found this elsewhere, and was wondering myself.

Nice.

Mind you, that’s from my old blogspot blog.

Because it had hiccuped on this wordpress address.  But trying again I get:

Did I just get hit with the dumb stick in the past few months?? Nah. My writing has simply become more readable. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Obviously I’m not pontificating, obliviating, or obfuscating in clever, outre, language.

P.S. Me thinks it’s just one of those dumb “Click here for something mildly interesting with the real purpose of passing you through to a Cash Advance site.”  (See, I removed that added coding in the “Display this rating on your blog or profile.” which linked to a cash advance site.  Do they think I’m dumb?  I mean, totally dumb?)

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

The Elementalist.

shammy.jpg

Last night was Blackhoof’s first time to Karazhan. Literally the first time he’s stepped through the door and entered the place. Msaker, my Protection Warrior, has been a couple of times, and has seen the Prince killed. Last night was Blackhoof’s time.

The raid started forming up. We’ve got like 4 Shamans going. Two are Restoration, two are Elemental, me included. Obviously somebody had to sit the raid out. The Raid Leader asks the questions. Moments of pause. I whisper the RL “This is my first time, I’m kind of excited about the run. Besides I really need to pick up 2 more badges.” That’s about when the other Elemental Shammy said, “Okay, I’ll drop.” The Raid leader tells him, “You get first shot next time. Why don’t you bring your DPS Warrior along instead?” Which he did. So, that player gets to go to Karazhan anyway. (And wound up collecting more weapons for his collection.)

Anyway, the run consisted of Attumen, Moroes, the Maiden, the Opera Event (Big Bad Wolf), Nightbane, and we finished at the Curator. (They’ve done full clears in 4-5 hours, but this run was a new guy Main Tanking (Pally) so we ran a little slower. But not a bad run whatsoever. There were, maybe, 4-5 deaths total. Every boss one-shotted.)

As the Elemental Shaman I held the #3 spot for Damage through out the first four events. I was occasionally in the #2 spot. But once we got to Nightbane and the Curator I’d dropped to #4/#5, tied there with the Hunter. #1 spot was taken by a Rogue in full epics. #2/#3 was our off-tank Raid Leader Feral Druid, also in full epics, who spent most of his time in Cat form DPSing while the Pally tanked. The final #3 was the DPS Warrior (in about half epics, a piece of Tier 4, and Ragesteel).

So I place in the top 3, then 4th place, for half of Karazhan. Where should I be? I’ve gotten a couple epics now, like the Kilt and my bracers, but I’m still wearing a cool looking, but only a blue item, +Healing shoulders out of a Heroic (Mantle of the Sea Wolf) that now includes +Spell Damage. They’re the best I can get my hands on at the moment, and they have good mana regen on them. I’m still wearing green, quest reward, boots. And I place pretty highly up there on the Damage output chart. (And the DPS amount was 610+ or so.) And I can heal, cleanse, and interrupt heals (in the Moroes event). I’m pretty pleased with my performance.

The half run netted me the badges I needed to go and buy the [Mazthoril Honor Shield] which I promptly got a +12 Intellect enchant put on it. It’s a pretty good Elementalist shield. Otherwise, no Karazhan loot. (Not that there’s much in Karazhan for an Elemental Shaman anyway. My next upgrades are all found in Heroics.) But maybe tonight when we finish the run and kill the Prince, and perhaps Netherspite, maybe Lady Luck will smile a bit on this Tauren Shaman.

P.S. Second night and we cleared it all.  Blackhoof end the 2nd night out in the #3 spot on the Damage chart, reaching that during the last fight of the night, the Prince fight.  Nothing the first day, but the second day found me winning some epic caster trinkets, some epic enhancement gear, an epic caster cloak.  So much so that I was feeling a little guilty that I was getting that much stuff.  I don’t really *need* the enhancement type gear at the moment, but it’s better than sharding the stuff, and I’ll be leveling up soon enough again, and I might want to do it dual wielding.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2007 in Shamans

 

Play them, and they will level.

The Druids came out of their Emerald Dream for a bit this weekend, slaying Trolls down in Tanaris, and reaching the heady new level of 49.  They also rescued Sharpbeak, which offered some real nice leather pants (real nice) as a reward. 

This used to be a fairly difficult quest, given Jintha’Alor swarmed with elite Trolls.  No more.  They’re still spaced as if they were supremely difficult elite mobs, but they’re just ordinary Joe’s, punching in in the mornings, drinking a cup of boiled blood with a breakfast bar, and then manning their posts.  We could either kill them, yawn, or simply stealth past them … straight to number one.  We grabbed the egg from inside the cave while a Blood Elf Hunter soloed the priestess and her two guards, and then we grabbed the other priestess, the one with the key to Sharpbeak’s cage, and pulled her aside for a little “personal counseling”.  Oh, she gave us the key.  And upon getting it had no further objections to our having it.  “You sure you’re sure?  Well, okay then.” Sharpbeak was freed, we got our real nice leather pants as reward, and then returned to Tanaris and turned in the egg in Steamwheedle.  Oh, Emerald Dream save us, now it’s into the Sunken Temple.  We’re lucky in that while some guildies are raiding end-game now, they’ve got alts too that are about our level.  It’s a pretty casual guild, with people that have gotten places.  That and Maradaun, and then, dare I say it, we head out to assist the Cenarian Expedition in the Outlands.  Soon.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2007 in Druids, Quests

 

Why do *I* blog? Kant, Nagel, and Nat Pagel.

DM Osbon asked “Why do you blog?”

He blogs because he loves writing.

I blog because I love ranting.  Oh, I do it for the love of writing as well.  The unposted drafts attest to that, or to rants gone awry not fit to live.

When you write, do you read, and reread, mentally speaking the words out in your mind, or out loud even?  I do.  Writing is like an art.  Well, pause, it is an art.  It’s much improved actually being spoken out loud, where you can insert pauses where you want, for flow, dramatic effect, etc.  If I were a poet and published I’d imagine those readings in, say, Borders Bookstore in their coffee shop, would be a great venue, if I didn’t dislike public speaking, to share my poems verbally.  One thing you can’t impart on typed text is inflection.  Not to a great extent anyway.  Well, not when you’re trying to get something onto the page quickly.

Boy, did I just travel out on a tangent there?  Time to hearthstone back to the point.  (A WoW reference!  My post is done.)

Wait, wait (spoken slowly).  I was getting to the point that writing, and verbalizing the writing, can produce art in that the language and words will flow like a musical tune.  Whether I’m discussing Kant, Nagel, or Nat Pagel.

So, hearthstone spell cast, the leaves of green magic fading away, the point was I blog too because I enjoy writing.

But would I blog if I knew *nobody* was reading?  Perhaps.  It’s a diary of sorts.  But having readers, getting reactions, it’s like making acquaintences in a coffee shop that I regularly frequent and I get some joy running into them now and then.  “Hey!  How’s it going?  What are you reading there?  Nice.  Cool.  Catch you later.”

I blog to write.  I blog to interact.  I blog because I read blogs.

“Hey!  How’s it going?  Why do you blog?”

P.S. I was trying to use “Kant, Hagal, and Pagel” but couldn’t find “Hagal” in a lookup.  It was actually “Hegel” that I was after.  Another German philosopher that rhymes with Nat Pagel.

Nagal is actually an American philosopher of science, so that works.  (By chance.)

And both rhyme with Pagel.  The original cant was Kant, Hegel, and Nat Pagel.

And then there’s Patrick Nagel, and he’s an artistConnections!

P.P.S. And every now and then I hope I’ve offered up some amusement or info my readers would not have gotten otherwise.

P.P.P.S. What is the origin of Nat Pagel’s name?  What was Blizzard referring to?  Patrick Nagel here?

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2007 in Memes

 

I am Data

With all the high-flying engineering contraptions in Azeroth today, I guess it’s okay to ask “What Sci-Fi character are you most like?” If you don’t know yourself, take the test.

 Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Me?  I tested out as Data of Star Trek.  “A controlled personality with a vast range of skills and behavior, you are often intrigued by the people and places surrounding you.”

The wife tested out as Luke Skywalker of Star Wars.  “Boldly striving to overcome the darkness both in this world and within yourself, you are righteously devoted to forging your own destiny.”

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2007 in Musings

 

A fun little night. I am the new King of the Ogres, apparently. :)

Blackhoof has been getting my attention lately.  One thing I’d been needing to get done was the “attunement” for the Ogri’la quests.

While the mains of the guild were tearing Karazhan a new one a few of us were looking for something meaningful to do.  Blackhoof needed to get those quests knocked out to get to Ogre Heaven.  Could I find a tank, dps, and a healer?  Yes, on all accounts.  Excellent.  Our Tank was learning the tanking ropes, the Rogue was from a Gruul raiding guild (and an old friend of the wife and mine) and now with us, an Arms Warrior that’s tanked for us, and well, and a Holy/Disc Priest.  Oh, and me, Blackhoof, Elemental Shaman.

We started this for a few with their first visit to the Ogre seated down in the Trade Market in the Lower City of Shattrath.  He sent us to visit another Ogre in Blades Edge Mountains.  (I’ll skip the names since I’ll just get them wrong.) Mad’dog the Wizened or something like that!  :)

Now all of us that could be on the quests (we had 4 of us on one of the parts).  And we melted the first three Ogres faces.  All of us are 70′s and mounted, so finding these guys and getting to them was easy.  We’re like the Army Rangers.  “Death from above!”  So, one by one, the son’s of Gruul fell to us, and we collected souvenirs.

Then we summon the fifth son, and we remember to run back to our circles to stop his growth.   And with the 5th son’s book in hand we bring out the last son of Gruul, Skulloc.  The ghosts were easily handled until they got too many, and then they had to deal with Mr. Earth Elemental.  Eventually we got the last Son summoned, and we killed him.  Then we killed the remaining ghosts.  In the course of killing these five sons we had one single death.

I really got a kick out of doing this as well.  I was the leader of the group, and we nailed this quickly and effeciently.  (I was honored when one of them whispered “Why aren’t you higher ranked in the guild?” I.e. the rank that leads groups in the instances.)  It was like Christmas morning when they flew up with me to Ogri’la, and hearing their reactions in Vent.  That was cool.  I ran them through the paces a bit, getting them the quests that got them the quests that got them a few new dailys to do.  (Msaker having done all this already I had an advantage.)  And then I called it a night.  The Karazhan group did well, I’m sure.  But we had a blast ourselves.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

WotLK Hairstyles. #1 to be the Mohawk.

Has anyone else considered that the Mohawk will be introduced in the expansion as a new hairstyle choice?  We’re getting to change our hairstyles, they’ve told us that.  Will one of them be this?

I’ve been seeing that Mr. T ad on Comedy Central a lot.  And that mohawk he’s wearing looks pretty good.   Like it’s been designed.  (That darn condescending director assuming Mr. T ain’t handy with a computer.)  And why use a pirate server with custom graphics when you’re Blizzard and you’re making the ad?

I’ve got 4 Night Elves.  3 have the same hairstyle, 2 in blue, 1 in green (all three starting on different servers).  One of them is going to have a mohawk someday.  :)

Can you imagine guilds going to all the same hairstyle?  Going to be like The Warriors or Gangs of New York in that guilds can at last adapt a common “look.”

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2007 in Speculations

 
 
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